24
    May
    2018

    Artisan Subscription Box Review [ Featuring GlobeIn ]

    I love a good subscription box… You know this!  However, I am also trying to reduce clutter in a major way in preparation for baby.  So I am being extra picky with which ones I will invest in and work with.  I definitely couldn’t say no to a GlobeIn box, though– I mean, handmade, ethically-sourced, artisan-supporting products from all around the world?  Thats a yes.  I will say, not every box is fully vegan, so I did take my time researching which ones I could use and promote in good conscience.   The broad term “ethical” as it relates to fashion/products/etc. has, to me, certainly come to entail supporting human rights, dignity, safety and welfare; but I will also never sacrifice my beliefs as it pertains to the rights and treatment of animals.  So for me it’s always gotta be cruelty-free (no animal testing) and vegan (no animal products). Always.

    Now, back to GlobeIn!  The skinny is that you can get the boxes for yourself, or gift them… There are many different themes to choose from, and the boxes always contain at least 4-5 specially curated, artisan goods of at least a $70 total value.  The items come from all over the world, and, appropriately, the purchase of your box will support people all over the world.  From providing employment to handicapped artisans to saving elephants to feeding hungry children, you can see the full impact of subscribing to these boxes HERE.

    In the photo in this post, I am wearing & carrying fair trade items from the Fashion Forward Box as I headed out for some pool time last weekend.  I LOVE the stories behind every single piece. The main item is the caftan, sustainably made by Symbology Clothing (I wrote an article on them a couple of years ago, here).  While I love the caftan as a chic cover up as shown here, if you follow me on Instagram you might recognize it from this photo! It’s super cute worn as a tunic with leggings or jeans.) My clutch was handwoven in Oaxaca, Mexico, and is roomy enough to hold all of my poolside essentials– sunglasses, sunscreen, phone, keys.  These types of woven bags are trendy right now, and I love that I have “the real thing”– and one that is ethically-made, at that. Also included in my Fashion Box was a delicate pineapple ring, handmade through a very intricate process in Bali to honor their culture. I love my ring, and have worn it twice with “fancy clothes.” I also scored some vegan, cruelty-free, yummy-smelling coconut vanilla hand & body cream.  The cream is by Alaffia, an ethical company that has ensured the health of almost 5,000 newborns and mothers and planted nearly 60,000 trees in West Africa.

    I can’t say enough about GlobeIn.  Everything they offer is SO interesting and full of soul, and you get to help others while learning about other cultures via beautiful handmade items. Check out their various box themes, and give one a go.  Or gift a subscription to someone who would appreciate an outside-the-box (pun intended) present for the next birthday or holiday… What a meaningful way to celebrate life.

    GlobeIn – Artisan Box Marketplace

     

    23
    May
    2018

    My Three Top Maternity Fashion Must-Know Brands

    These past 9 months, I have made it my mission to really dive into maternity fashion.  It has not always been easy. In the maternity fashion world, there are loud prints and empire waists abound; neither of which I find flattering, modern, or interesting.  And as tempted as I’ll admit I felt at times, I also did not want to spend my money on fast fashion– i.e. cheapie, “throw-it-on, stretch-it-out, who-cares” preggo wear– like a lot of overwhelmed mamas-to-be end up doing. One: because I’ve moved away from fast fashion for ethical reasons, and two: because, for me, pregnancy is definitely NOT the time to suddenly say “screw it” and quit valuing your appearance. If anything, it has been more important for me than ever to feel truly good about the way I present myself… Not for anyone else’s benefit, but for my own. After all, your hormonal balance is completely out of whack, your body has changed form in ways you never dreamed of, and– especially near the end– you simply aren’t very comfortable.  So, I urge you, when your time comes: invest in solid brands offering soft, high quality fabrics.  Choose timeless, durable pieces that you feel you could potentially (want to!) wear after pregnancy is over, and then again with any subsequent pregnancies you may experience. Choose fashion that CELEBRATES your bump, because it’s an amazing and exciting time.  I went this route, and I must say: even on days where I was feeling my worst, I had a pretty good time getting dressed in the morning.

    The following have been my go-to brands throughout my pregnancy.  I hope you love them as much as I have!

     

    LEGOE.

    All time favorite brand for maternity, nursing, and then life as a mama on the go!

    maternity fashion legoe

    legoe maternity fashion

    Seen here in a casual mini which has since sold out (lots more like it on the site!) and then in the nursing-friendly  Louvre maxi dress (shown tied up and worn as a tunic)

    *Check the “fabrication” details on any piece you are interested in. Whiile mostly vegan, LEGOE. is not a fully-vegan brand.

    LEGOE. is an Aussie brand that focuses on high quality, versatile, minimalistic garments meant to transition effortlessly to your various life phases as a new mama.  I’d consider it the ultimate “cool girl” brand of maternity wear.  While undeniably high end, the prices are actually reasonable enough (and they always seem to have pretty awesome markdowns, too)– currently on their website, many of their pieces are half off!

    (Philanthropy) LEGOE. donates $1 from every purchase to help mothers in underdeveloped nations give birth safely. Upon checkout, you can choose where your dollar goes; the concept is mothers helping mothers.

    Storq

    Another great transitional brand you can take with you from pregnancy to nursing to parenthood.  Focus on high quality basics and essentials. 

    storq maternity fashion

    Seen here wearing: Maternity T-Shirt Dress, size small.  Top pulls down for nursing postpartum. Every pregnant lady I ran into while wearing this asked me where I got it… Effortless and easy and flattering.

    Go to Storq for the basics (you will wear them all the time), from your maternity leggings (while pregnant, regular pants will be a thing of the past… the Storq leggings are by far my favorite of my maternity legging collection, and bonus- they are eco-friendly and you can wear them after baby, too!) to easy throw-it-on dresses.  The clothing is all vegan except for their slip dress (silk). If you’re able to and want a fully functioning preggo wardrobe right off , I would definitively invest in Storq’s maternity basics bundle.

    (Recycling + give back program) Storq has partnered with 2ReWear, so that when you recycle your clothing through them, all proceeds will go to the Homeless Prenatal Program. More info is available here.

    Isabella Oliver

    This brand has a little bit of everything! I just wish their preggo-friendly shoes were vegan 🙁

    If you are an avid jeans-wearer, I can’t recommend their denim options enough. I got this pair in charcoal (for reference, size 1) and have been able to wear them throughout the entire pregnancy… the style and color makes them super versatile, and they are very high quality without completely breaking the bank like some alternatives out there.

    Also, they have a whole maternity workwear section— so if you have an office job, this brand is a MUST for you.

    Note: fabric details are listed in the description under each item. This is not a fully vegan line, but has many vegan options. 

    I hope this maternity fashion brand roundup makes shopping for your bump a little less daunting!  This process should be fun!  As always, let me know if you have any questions at all about my experience with these brands, sizing, or anything else.  

    15
    May
    2018

    Healthy Heart Fest 2018! (Dallas, Texas)

    Hi, friends!  I know that a substantial chunk of you wonderful people who subscribe to my blog are based in Dallas, so I’m extra excited to let you know about Healthy Heart Fest! Come, lets hang out!

     

    Healthy Heart Fest 2018

    DATE: Tuesday May 22, 2018

    TIME: 8:00am- 12:00pm CST

    LOCATION: 7 FOR PARTIES (150 TURTLE CREEK BLVD. #107, DALLAS TX 75207)

    WHO: EVERYONE! BRING FRIENDS OR BRING THE FAM!

    REGISTER HERE: Http://doctorondemand.com/events

     

    You may know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women; about 1 in 4 women die from heart disease every year in the US.  I know this is scary, but the good news is that there are things within your control– such as diet and exercise– that can help keep your risk low.  On May 22 from 8am-12pm, Doctor On Demand is hosting a FREE event (and family-friendly… bring the kiddos!) where we can enjoy a fun-filled, healthy, relaxing morning of cycling, manis, massages, healthy bites, and on-site heart health screenings.

    If you pre-register for the event (I know it’s tempting to skip it since it’s a free event, but hear me out) it will only take a minute, and you’ll be entered to win INCREDIBLE prizes like a year-long ClassPass membership, 5 free blowouts at DryBar, and a $250 shopping spree at The Tot.  (Register for general attendance HERE.) (If you wish, reserve your cycling spot HERE.)

    Sidenote: Just in case you aren’t yet familiar with Doctor On Demand, here is the skinny on them:

    • Nationwide healthcare service that provides video visits with board-certified physicians/psychiatrists/ licensed psychologists via your smartphone/tablet/desktop computer.
    • Patients can download the Doctor On Demand app or visit the website, provide a list of their symptoms, and they’ll be connected for a video visit within moments (instead of weeks) regardless of whether it is a weekend or holiday or middle of the night!
    • If a prescription needs to be filled, they will be sent to patient’s pharmacy of choice.
    • Anyone can download the app and create an account on their smartphone or computer, with or without insurance.

    Pretty cool, huh???

    ANYWAY, I hope to see you at Healthy Heart Fest on May 22!  I’ll be the hugely pregnant lady walking around talking about how everyone needs to adopt a nutritious, plant-based diet. Just kidding. Sort of.  Don’t forget to pre-register to win all the things!!!

    xoxox

    M

    8
    May
    2018

    NATURIGIN : All Natural, Cruelty-Free, Vegan Hair Dye

    If I had a dime for every person who has reached out to me since I started FashionVeggie, asking for advice on cruelty-free, vegan hair dye — well, I’m not sure that I’d be technically wealthy, but I would definitely have a big chunk of extra spending cash!  I am really excited to bring the news of animal-friendly, all-natural, Danish-based hair color brand Naturigin to you guys!!

    You might have seen Naturgin around– I know I have.  Retailing all over the world and widely available at places like VitacostThe Vitaminshoppe and Walmart… Naturigin is definitely very unique in the space for several reasons.

    • Family-owned! I love the story behind Naturigin.  Founded by a husband and wife team after facing and surviving a battle with breast cancer, the couple (Mette and Stig) were determined to reevaluate their lifestyle, and they set out on a toxin-free, health-oriented path.
    • They not only refuse to test on animals, but they are very active in the Humane Society International “Be Cruelty Free” campaign. They have spread the word, helped fundraise, and donated to the cause.  (The Be Cruelty Free campaign is one of the largest campaigns in the world to end animal testing.  Find out how to become involved on Naturigin’s website, here.)
    • Naturigin offers certified-organic-based hair color!  They currently have 19 beautiful, organic hair colors for you to choose from.  Some of their organic ingredients: mandarin, lemon, sunflower seed oil, shea butter, jojoba, wheat, and aloe.
    • They are shockingly and refreshingly eco-friendly!  All Naturigin products are made using wind power.  Their entire office uses wind power, as well.  What does this mean for the earth?  Renewable energy which requires no water, very little land, and produces no greenhouse gas emissions! All containers are reusable and recyclable, as well.
    • They just say no!  Some irritating, potentially carcinogenic ingredients you will NEVER find in Naturigin products: propylene glycol, SLS, SLES, DEA, and parabens.

    My recent, personal experience with using Naturigin (my color: Very Light Natural Blonde) was great!  After a full review of this ingredients, I felt confident to use this hair color while pregnant.  It matched to my preferred/current hair color very accurately (I wanted to refresh my color and fix my roots, not change my color). The color is vibrant and just exactly as advertised.  The smell was never overwhelming like you have with chemical-laden brands. Full disclosure: I did have someone else apply it to my hair, but only because I don’t trust myself to do much of anything at all when it comes to my own hair.  My hair felt well conditioned and soft after application, and my grays (yes I have a few of those near the back of my head… boohoo) were completely covered.

    I hope that you are as excited as I am about this incredible company.  If you feel moved to do so, please feel free to share this post; I want people to know that they can achieve incredible hair color without harming animals, their health, or the environment… AND without spending a crazy amount of money.

    NATURIGIN

     

     

    3
    May
    2018

    Vegan Teeth Whitening Kit | Feat: Smile Vegan Style

    Hi guys!  Over the past few years, I’ve gotten tons of questions about cruelty-free, vegan teeth whitening that you can do at home.  I experimented with a few, but have not been 100% blown away by one until now!  Smile Vegan Style offers tons of kit options, but the one that is perfect for me is the mint-flavored, peroxide-free option (I have really sensitive teeth, so that is always a main issue when I’ve tried these types of products before).

    Other things I love about Smile Vegan Style, in addition to them offering a peroxide-free option, effectively making my teeth noticeably whiter, and being animal-friendly:  It only takes 20 minutes!  Even I can commit to that.  Also, it comes with a cool, eco-friendly, wooden toothpaste, and some charcoal toothpaste.  Lastly, I have a crazy good discount code for you… just enter in FASHIONVEGGIE at checkout, and it will bring the cost down from $299 to $35 (!!!!!!!!!)… Try it, try it, lemme know what you think!

    Xoxo

    M

    Smile Vegan Style

    Discount Code: Fashionveggie

    smile vegan style cruelty-free teeth whitening

    27
    Apr
    2018

    Tetra Pak: Eco-friendly Food Packaging FTW!

    I hope everyone had a happy Earth Day!  Some of you might know that I attended EarthX, which takes place in Dallas and has a focus on sustainability, improvements, and conservation.  To be totally transparent with you, I usually leave half inspired, and half cranky… There is inevitably a bit of greenwashing you have to contend with (this is Texas and they are trying, but some simply miss the mark), and on an ethical level I just CAN’T with zoo representation at an Earth event. BUT, they have a “Vegan Village” now with all animal-friendly products and food, and are making massive steps in the right direction.  Overall, this year was super exciting and brought many new concepts and eco-friendly developments to the table… I left feeling happy and hopeful for our future.

    The brightest spot in my entire day was visiting the Tetra Pak booth!  I was AMAZED by this revolutionary company, you guys, and I’ve been so excited to share with you everything that they are up to!

    tetra pak fashionveggie

    (This is a sponsored post on behalf of Tetra Pak USA. All opinions are 100% my own.)

    Tetra Pak’s motto is “Protects What’s Good.”  This refers to the food and beverage products they encase, as well as the environment that so desperately needs our help right now.  Essentially, Tetra Pak develops cartons that safely hold food and beverages with minimal impact to the environment.  Their packaging is made mostly from sustainably-sourced paper, and their bio-based caps are made from a renewable resource– sugarcane!  They are already huge in Brazil (where everyone is already on board the eco-friendly train), and are making substantial headway in the US.  We all know… we need help like this!  They focus on reducing emissions, as well as the reducing the environmental impact of transport.

    tetra pak

    tetra pak

    I realized that without knowing it, there are TONS of products I use all the time (some of which I’ve promoted on FashionVeggie before! Svelte vegan protein shakes, and Fawen drinkable soup and JUST water) that are encased in Tetra Pak cartons.  This makes me so happy! Note: The idea is to keep the cap ON the paper carton when you put it in the recycling bin, to ensure that the entire product gets a new life and nothing is wasted. I got to see all the various ways Tetra Pak cartons are repurposed, and it was so cool– pens, tables, pots for plants, and an eco-friendly drywall alternative called “re”!

    Do your own research and look into everything Tetra Pak HERE.  You’ll be amazed and excited like I am, I promise.  Also, please look for products in Tetra Pak cartons when you are at the grocery store or when you’re looking online; it makes a huge difference.  They truly are protecting what is good, and for that, my future son and I are very grateful.

    tetra pak protects whats good

    23
    Apr
    2018

    Top 5 Must-Haves For Dog Lovers!

    1. Franklin & Whitman’s Dog Balm.  Made of nourishing ingredients like shea butter, olive oil, and coconut oil, this balm is meant for application to cracked and dry doggie noses and paw pads.  I’m such a weirdo, I love giving the doggies foot rubs with the balm and they loveeee it. I also love the chic, eco packaging.  (Note: They have skincare products for humans, too, and %5 of their proceeds goes to help rescue dogs!!!)

    2. Matt & Nat’s Vegan Leather Collars and Leashes.  Well known, especially in eco-friendly fashion circles, for their men’s and women’s vegan leather bags and shoes… Imagine my delight when I found out that Matt & Nat also carries vegan dog accessories! To be honest, there is just nothing weirder to me than a dog wearing a collar made of another animal’s skin.  I love the 6 various color options and quality of their vegan leather.  The only thing I wish is that they had collars suitable for GIANT dogs… My Great Dane is very jealous of her siblings’ flair.

    3. V-Dog Food (always) + (new obsession) Fruitables Dog Toppers.  My doggies loooove their vegan, healthy V-Dog, and I have found that it keeps them incredibly healthy and fit.  However, I have a picky eater on my hands with my youngest fur child… Most of the time she’s fine, but for about a week out of every month, she’ll basically stop eating.  She has always been like this.  I would add peanut butter to her dry food and it works once or twice, but then she’s off peanut butter, etc.  So I am ecstatic to have found these veggie broth bowls that you use as a yummy topper to your dogs’ dry food… She will gobble it up every time, no matter what!  Dog safe (no onions or garlic, unlike many other broths) and affordable.

    4. Custom, stainless steel, elevated dog bowls.  We are obsessed with these!  We have 3, each with our dog’s name on it. I love that you can keep their toys etc. underneath the pallet. They are easy on the eyes, and since my dogs are larger, my vet feels that it is safer for them to eat their food from an elevated food holder.  The stainless steel bowls have totally cleared their “puppy acne” they were experiencing when they used to eat from ceramic bowls. Plus, these are a great price!  This also makes a great gift for any dog lovers in your life!

    5. XL Orthopedic Dog CouchYou guys ask me all the time where I get the dog beds you see in my Instagram stories… This is it! We have two of these, both in the chocolate color you see above because it matches our decor (it is called “gray” in the description for some reason, but this is not gray to me). It isn’t a pattern-y eyesore like a lot of dog beds tend to be, and it keeps my dogs off the furniture (sometimes).  In case your house has a different color scheme than ours, I found this one for you in tan/cream, and this one for you in stone and light brown options. They love lounging on their couch, and two can fit at the same time.  The key here with these beds are the raised arms… It makes them feel snuggled and nested, unlike a regular, flat dog bed. The couches aren’t so heavy that you can’t carry them from room to room (typically we have one in the living room and one in the bedroom, but for movie nights etc. we will bring both into the living room so that we can have the whole human sofa to ourselves while the dogs sit on their own couches. My bigger dogs are susceptible to hip/joint pain if I’m not taking precautions, so I feel great about the orthopedic quality of these dog couches. Note: the fleece and suede mentioned in the product description are both vegan materials.